Like other home brewers he knows, Don Choate always had a twinkle in his eye and a dream.
A little taproom maybe, or some other way to share his malt-and-hops concoctions with the world.
"What if I put my name on a can of beer?" Choate said. "And life just takes different directions, but this is something I've wanted to do for a long time."
Obscure Brewing is the realization of Choate's dream. It's a goal he’s been working toward for nearly two decades as a hobbyist.
Construction will start within a few weeks on Obscure's brewery, which Choate and his fellow co-owners hope to open to beer drinkers this coming fall. It will be located at 5200 E. Garfield St., in eastern Sioux Falls near the Dawley Farm development.
Obscure will be the newest addition to Sioux Falls’ small but growing local beer scene. Choate and other Obscure owners finalized a loan last week with Cornerstone Bank.
A growing and active beer market in South Dakota caught the attention of state lawmakers, who have been updating the state's old beer laws to make them friendlier to craft beer makers – or at least try to make them friendlier.
Beer production in-state doubled between 2011 and 2015, and small breweries such as Obscure continue to join the market.
"We respect all of the other breweries in town and we are learning from them," Choate said. "We drink beers at their breweries and they all make excellent beers."
He hopes Obscure can add something new.
Obscure's yet-to-open taproom is being specially built to brew and serve the fermented beverages Choate makes. It will have seating for about 75 people and Choat plans to offer some sort of pub-style food for visitors to nosh on between sips.
He said Obscure will feature an IPA as its signature brew. It's one of his favorite styles of beer. He also wants to have well-made lager on tap and a little more focus on sour beers than other local breweries, Choate said.
"In the end it's going to be a fantastic building that is designed to make a local beer and enjoy it right there on site," Choate said.